Alpine - Hands: The harmonies are wonderful, like ABBA for the modern age.
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Want It Back: After ditching the majors for selling albums via Kickstarter, Ms Palmer is back with flair and we couldn't be happier.
Archers of Loaf - Harnessed in Slums: A BLAST FROM THE PAST, but Archers are re-releasing remastered versions of their classic albums. If you do not have these albums, get on it now. Some of the best from the indie-grunge 90s rockouts. These are riffs to give you shivers in your final days.
Beck - I Only Have Eyes For You (Ben Selvin cover): One of my ultimate crooner classics, but oh I just think of the old dude sitting at the back of the bus singing it softly while we wonder what the state of reality currently is…
Dubbel Dutch - Throwback: A total banger that will fit perfectly in any mix. I've been loving these slamming breakbeat tracks that come off more as tools, as they allow me to do so much with them.
Haim - Forever: I'm getting some great 80s rockout vibes on this one. I picture fog machines, permed hair, and the best damn music video on Much Music for 1988.
Mark Foster, A-Trak & Kimbra - Warrior: I came for the A-Trak, and stayed for the best crossover pop hit since Dragonette came around.
Maya Jane Coles - Not Listening: Some more gorgeous mjc SMOOTH business. An exclusive from her DJ-Kicks album.
Paper & Places - To Berlin: This kind of sums up the state of indie pop for the past 5 years. And it is good.
Poliça - Amongster: The vocal effects all over the new album Give You the Ghost might tire you a bit as well, but there is much lusciousness to found within. Bon Iver can't have all the fun.
Shackleton - Music for the Quiet Hour Part 1: Shackleton's Music for the Quiet Hour is an ambitious double-set (deluxe edition) and while kudos for travelling the soundscape land, this work isn't as succesful as someone like say, Amon Tobin. My favourites are still the dark tabla-driven beats, and I look forward to where this new sound goes.
Sharon Van Etten - Warsaw: Another great song from the rather delightful album Tramp.
Why? - Sod In The Seed: Why? Kicks it like Oatkast's Hey Ya is still rocking the airwaves! From the new Sod In The Seed EP.
Wild Child - Pillow Talk
Wild Child - The Tale Of You & Me: SEXY UKULELE DUET ACTION! Well, yes but also don't forget that FOLK IS EPIC. 2 amazing tracks from Pillow Talk.
Wintersleep - In Came The Flood: The new Wintersleep is Hello Hum. This is just the first single, but it has me excited to hear the whole thing.
Yellow Ostrich - Stay at Home: And a new Yellow Ostrich this year! He definitely sounds a tad perkier. Good on him.
You Won't - Ten Years Old: Short, sweet and kind of perfect little indie rocker.
Young Galaxy - Youth Is Wasted on the Young: Oh yay Young Galaxy goes full 1980s on this track! From the new (and LIMITED) Shoreless Kid 7". Grab it for sure.
THIS WEEK'S TRACKS
Alpine - Hands
Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra - Want It Back
Archers of Loaf - Harnessed in Slums
Beck - I Only Have Eyes For You (Ben Selvin cover)
Dubbel Dutch - Throwback
Haim - Forever
Mark Foster, A-Trak & Kimbra - Warrior
Maya Jane Coles - Not Listening
Paper & Places - To Berlin
Poliça - Amongster
Shackleton - Music for the Quiet Hour Part 1
Sharon Van Etten - Warsaw
Why? - Sod In The Seed
Wild Child - Pillow Talk
Wild Child - The Tale Of You & Me
Wintersleep - In Came The Flood
Yellow Ostrich - Stay at Home
You Won't - Ten Years Old
Young Galaxy - Youth Is Wasted on the Young
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